Santa Barbara County Receives Over 5 Inches of Rain

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Santa Barbara County Receives Over 5 Inches of Rain
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Some areas of Santa Barbara County received over five inches of rain from the recent storm.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flood advisory on Sunday afternoon for the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. NWS predicted some rainfall rates were expected to peak Sunday evening with a chance for thunderstorms. Rainfall rates between 0.50 and 0.75 inches per hour were especially expected in the Santa Ynez mountain range.

As of 11:00 a.m. Monday, rainfall rates ranged from 0.50 to 5.75 inches in a 48 hour period. 

The meter at El Deseo Ranch off East Camino Cielo reports a total of 5.76 inches, the highest in the county, as San Marcos Pass followed behind with a reported 5.57 inches. Downtown Santa Barbara gauged 1.59 inches and the Goleta Fire Station near Lake Los Carneros reported 1.78 inches.

Light scattered showers are expected to move through the County for the rest of Monday as some areas will remain clear and sunny. Tuesday is expected to also remain clear and sunny until the evening when another storm moves through with rain into the early hours of Wednesday.

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pkww Apr 07, 2020 10:01 AM
Santa Barbara County Receives Over 5 Inches of Rain

Let's hope for a little more. Since both Jameson and Gibraltar Reservoirs are at 100% capacity, all the runoff this side of the Ventura County line is now essentially making its way down to Cachuma (75%). For the interested, you can view the live details on those reservoirs and other regional rain gauges here: http://rain.cosbpw.net/list.php

a-1590521810 Apr 06, 2020 12:59 PM
Santa Barbara County Receives Over 5 Inches of Rain

If we get another few of these storms, Bradbury/Cachuma is bound to spill into the SY river downstream, and replenish the ground waters and habitat for steelhead trout, and so on. If there was a betting pool, I'd put $100 for May 1st, and as a back up I'd slam another $100 down for May 4th.

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